Welcome to the HSE Stress eBulletin

In today's edition we provide some advice for using the Stress website based version of the analysis tool, which is part of the Management Standards approach. We're also asking for your help and feedback on the stress Talking Toolkits



Manual Management Standards Analysis Tool – Stress website

Identified issues

Since the manual Analysis Tool was published we have had a number of queries that the tool "isn't working". When checking with the complainant there are the same recurrent themes. We thought it may be helpful to run through the most common ones that people come across. Each of these are covered by the instructions; the opening page of the tool is an embedded instruction leaflet. If you double click it will open the four-page guide which describes how to use the tool.

  • The work sheet is password protected: If you are entering a single year's data, you only need access to the 'Raw Data' worksheet. All the information is entered on this one page and the rest is populated as the analysis is completed. You don't need a password! The data is entered for the 35 questions, in columns N to AV.
  • Columns B to M are for the use of demographic questions – these are questions that are added to the Indicator Tool survey, generally to do with job type, location/site/department etc., which allow larger organisations to access more specific data. For example, if you work in a NHS Trust/Board – asking demographic questions can allow you to see whether nurses have more problems than Doctors, or if you work in a manufacturing plant, whether machine operators have different problems depending on the machine they use.
  • If you are putting data on for more than a single year the worksheets for “Last Year’s Data” and “2 Years ago data” are also available to enter data.
  • Column B: Whether you use demographic questions or not, there must be an entry in column B. This can be the date, the name of the organisation or anything else. This clarifies that the data entered in that row is valid and a record number is allocated to column A.
  • Too few responses: The tool is designed to work when there are 10 or more records, the analysis will not be done until there are 10 records - if you have fewer than 10 copy and paste all the records until the total exceeds 10.
  • Transfer of data from other tools: The analysis tool is an excel document that analyses numeric data. If you are creating a digital version of the questionnaire using some data gathering package, you need to ensure that the tool identifies the score (1 - 5) rather than the 'answer' (sometimes, often, never etc.)

If you have a problem and none of these options 'fix' the tool, please contact us on the feedback email route

Stress: from Intervention to Prevention – Improving Your Approach to Tackling Work-related Stress

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New Talking Toolkits

As discussed in the previous issue HSE has recently developed a new “Talking Tool” to provide a structured approach to conversations that can help employers or managers begin to discuss potential workplace causes of stress.

These tools are designed primarily for SMEs with the intention of getting owners, directors and senior staff to start conversations about stress and mental health, to raise awareness, reduce stigma and gather evidence as to whether they have a problem with work related stress.

The toolkit is the starting point of the process and part of the required risk assessment. Where a risk from stress is identified the employer would have to consider steps to remove or reduce that risk. Talking to your staff is likely to provide many of these steps, too. 

generic talking toolkit

education talking toolkit

As a follow-up to their launch we are asking people who have used them, to complete a short, anonymous questionnaire to help us to either improve the tool or to identify issues that are common stressors.



Stress guidance - information on a wide range of work-related stress health and safety topics and issues is available on HSE's website 


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